Services were held on Dec. 27 at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Sioux City, and burial was in the Good Hope Cemetery in Correctionville. Rev. Robert Stout officiatedOnline condolences may be sent to www.christysmith.com.
Brooke was born Sept. 22, 1976 in Cherokee, the daughter of David and Corliss (Camarigg) Simmons. She grew up in Quimby and graduated from River Valley High School in 1995. While in High School, Brooke went to Europe and played saxophone with the Ambassadors of Iowa. She graduated from Morningside College in 1999, and continued towards her Masters Degree in Philanthropy. She married Jason Goodwin on October 22, 2005, and together they made their home in Correctionville.
Brooke worked as the Director of Development at the Big Sioux Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association from 1999 to 2005. She then worked as Director of Development at the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence until her health declined.
Brooke touched the hearts of all those who knew her. Her beauty, joy of life, and strength was reflected in her smile. Despite the struggles she faced with cancer. Brooke never lost her determination to beat the disease; she remained positive and held onto her strong faith, never complaining. To the very end, she fought optimistically and full of grace. She knew that God had an ultimate plan for her life, and she was at peace with that.
Brooke was a member of Quimby Baptist Church, and enjoyed music, traveling and sports, including tennis, skiing and rollerblading, among others. She was also a member of Quota International, Downtown Rotary, Siouxland Professional Women's Network, Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Leave and Legacy Siouxland, was a United Way Volunteer, a past president of the Morningside Alumni Board, and participated in the Leadership Program.
Brooke was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Basil and June Camarigg. She is survived by her husband, Jason Goodwin of Correctionville; her father and mother, David and Corliss Simmons of Quimby; a brother, Matt and Cassandra Simmons of Quimby; a sister, Ashley Marissa and Graham Forbes of LeMars; her paternal grandparents, Phillip and Shirley Simmons of Cherokee; her mother and father-in-law, Keith and Carol Goodwin of Correctionville; a sister-in-law, Jen and Steve Derksen of Steinbach, Manatoba, Canada; and five nephews and nieces - Dylan, Audrey, Anthony and Clarsie Simmons and Jarett Forbes.